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Remembering Scott Alan Smith

The Acquisitions Institute Planning Committee is grieved to report that Scott Alan Smith passed away on March 12, 2018.  

Image of Scott Alan Smith

Scott Alan Smith

Scott was a long time representative at various times for a number of vendors, including Blackwell North America and Blackwell’s. He served for several years as director for the Langlois (Oregon) Public Library and later as a volunteer at public libraries near his Columbia Gorge home in Mosier, Oregon.  

He was a founding member of the planning committees for the Feather River Institute and the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge and his work contributed significantly to advances in library acquisitions and the development of our community of practice. He was a masterful storyteller and a convivial and attentive host at the Institutes.  He will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and of course our planning committee. We hope that friends and colleagues will use the comments on this post to share their memories of Scott. 

The Institute will continue, and a remembrance for Scott is being planned at this year’s Institute. 

8 thoughts on “Remembering Scott Alan Smith

  1. Many thanks for your affectionate and respectful obituary. I wll miss Scott for his wit, dry humour ( remember those awful Shaggy Dog stories? ), but most of all for his friendship of nearly 40 years.

    There are so many stories and memories.

    Eileen Heaslip, quondam Blackwell’s Manager for Canada.

  2. I was thinking of Scott last week when Kim Anderson, Steve Sutton, and I were speaking on a panel. It seemed Scott was the only one missing. Back in the Blackwell days Kim, Scott, and I would argue our different approaches to Blackwell profile writing.

    I hadn’t heard from Scott in awhile and regret not calling him. He will be missed.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Scott. When I started in my collection development position, there was very little information left for me, so I had to figure things out. Scott was very helpful with an orientation to academic publishing, assistance with tweaking approval plans, and introducing me to many academic librarians, as well as – of course! – recommending the Acquisitions Institute. I also really enjoyed talking with him about all kinds of subjects and about reading. My sympathies to his family.

  4. It saddens me to learn of Scott’s passing at such a young age. We were both Oberlin College graduates and loved our alma mater. We served at the same time on the Friends of the Oberlin College Library Council, including during the time of the Oberlin Alumni Librarians Reunion in 1999. He invited to two of the Timberline Institutes, during my time as president of the American Library Association, and I got to see him in action, working with other Oregon library leaders. We also had the chance to get to know each other during his time in Oregon at the Langlois Public Library. He will be missed not just by the librarian/publisher community but also by the Oberlin community. He was a kind, thoughtful, generous and warm person. May he rest in peace.

  5. Scott Smith: A remembrance.

    Scott by name. Scot by heritage. Book lover. Book seller. Travel junky. Story teller. Dressed to the nines, with waistcoat and braces. Collector and drinker of fine single malt scotches. Reader and admirer of Hunter S. Thompson. Boon travel companion and fellow adventurer in Scotland and Ireland. Sharer of friendship. Keeper of secrets. Casualty of a dying industry. May you and your demons be at rest.


  6. I was so sorry to hear Scott passed away. I first met Scott when he asked me to participate in a panel at the Timberline Acquisition Institute. I was happy to participate and get to know Scott. He was a great conversationalist, on many topics. I had been away from the Institute and when I went last year I was disappointed not to see him. I will miss seeing him around. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  7. Since high school, I rarely saw Scott over the last 40+ years. I shouldn’t be surprised that he devoted his life to public libraries and reading. I have been a trustee in his hometome sytem for 14 years and a trustee of Kent Star University where he received his Master’s degree. It comforts me to know that our physical paths went in different directions but our love of learning and helping others learn actually placed us on the same path

  8. Thank you so much for recognizing Scott both here on the website and during the conference. From the early days at Feather River to the current institute at Timberline, Scott’s thoughtfulness, seemingly endless energy and genuine concern for the profession helped to create a much-needed forum for discussion and interaction across all parts of the library community. What an amazing legacy.

    Great job my friend! You will be missed.

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